Update on Ethnic Minority Boost (EMB)
The APMS survey aims to be inclusive and a true representation of the many diverse communities within the UK. To aid in this requirement, a 6-category ethnic minority sample boost was conducted supporting the main survey. The goal was to provide an evidence base to inform planning and design of mental health services for ethnic minority groups.
Despite the best efforts to promote the survey, performance of the EMB has been below expectation. The projected volume of interviews achieved by the survey’s closure would not of had a meaningful impact on the APMS survey.
In collaboration with the APMS steering group, it was decided that continuing EMB in its current form would not have been good use of public funds.
The decision has been made to suspend ethnic minority boost pending a review on the methodology used. The Boost will not be delivered as part of the 2023 survey. This has been a hard decision to make but stopping the EMB is the right thing if it is not going to deliver as intended.
As with the ethnic minority boost, this is an addition to the 2023 survey. Previous surveys have shown that people from more deprived areas are more likely to have certain mental health problems. Therefore, increasing the numbers of participants from deprived areas will enable more in-depth analysis and provide more detailed data to enable the analysis of health inequalities by area deprivation.
The 2023 survey will also cover questions around eating disorders, which were last collected in APMS 2007. For the first time eating disorders will also be investigated as part of the Phase 2 survey which is led by the University of Leicester. Inclusion in phase 2 will allow prevalence figures for eating disorders to be reported.